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    A Cuppa and a Chorus
    Be part of a friendly community, brought together through singing and a love of music.
    Curiouser and Curiouser
    A Discovery Pack for children, linked to the Beverley Early Music Festival exhibition of illustrated musical manuscripts from the workshop of Petrus Alamire
    Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax
    As part of Beverley Early Music Festival 2017, primary and secondary school students embark on a musical journey through the mysterious world of renaissance polymath (and royal spy!) Petrus Alamire
    Illuminating the Music of Petrus Alamire - Saturday 27 May 2017
    A workshop for singers led by Patrick Craig, as part of the Beverley & East Riding Music Festival 2017
    I Can Play!
    Enabling deaf children and young people in York to access music-making opportunities and develop as musicians.
    COOLture Conversations
    A cross-regional, multi-cultural musical collaboration as part of COOLture Youth Cultural Arts Festival and Hull City of Culture 2017
    A Bassoon Extravaganza
    Minster Minstrels and pupils from St Aelred's School work together with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to save the bassoon from extinction!
    St Matthew Passion
    Bach's great work, presented as it was intended - with audience participation!
    NCEM Young Artists Competition 13 - 15 July 2017
    A major international platform for emerging ensembles in the early music world
    Come & Sing: Spem In Alium
    Be part of a massed sing of Tallis' masterpiece in the glorious setting of the Chapter House of York Minster
    Musical Play in a Week 2017
    If you enjoy acting, making music and listening to thrilling stories from the past, join us for a week of fun and creativity. Monday 14 - Friday 18 August, 10.00am - 4.00pm
    2017 NCEM Young Composers Award - Premiere 16 September 2017
    The winning pieces will be performed by The Tallis Scholars at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3
    EEEmerging - Repicco residency - December 2017
    A pan-European project supporting Emerging European Ensembles
    Minster Minstrels - York's youth early music ensemble
    A group of ensembles to give young people the chance to perform early music.
    Music4U
    Developing musical opportunities for young people in challenging circumstances, working towards a musically-inclusive England
    Culture & Wellbeing in York
    As a partner of Culture & Wellbeing in York, NCEM is committed to exploring how engaging with the arts contributes to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
    Northern Gamelan Network
    Working together to increase access to musical learning and ensemble opportunities for young people in the North of England.
    BBC Ten Pieces
    An overview of the work done by NCEM as a BBC Ten Pieces Champion
    The Creativity Project
    Music4u has published a report debating the issues surrounding young people's pathways into composing, focusing on 8 to 18 year olds in York and the Humber Region.